"We're not going to judge you on your appearance because we are interested in what makes you you", Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America who is head of the organization's board of trustees, said while making the announcement Tuesday on "Good Morning America".
Carlson explained that most viewers tune in to watch the talent section of the show, which will remain unaltered.
The Miss America beauty pageant has announced it is dropping its swimsuit round and will no longer judge participants based on their appearance.
Instead of strutting their stuff in a swimsuit or evening gown, hopeful winners will be asked to wear what makes them feel confident, expresses their personal style and shows how they hope to advance the role of Miss America, ABC News reports. Vincent-Tripp, an assistant attorney general at the Florida Office of the Attorney General, was Miss America 1991. "You don't have to anymore". "We are no longer judging women when they come out in their chosen attire", she explained. Historically, the one thing every Miss America has had in common is that they have been conventionally attractive, a definition that has expanded over time.
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Carlson said the end of the swimsuit segment - a staple of beauty pageants - reflects changing cultural norms and the latest wave of female empowerment initiatives.
The competition's contestants - representatives of all 50 USA states - "will be asked to demonstrate their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America", the show reported. "The swimsuit competition has been controversial since the early 1920s, but it's been retained because the majority of the people like it".
Miss America, America's favorite shitshow of a competition, has decided to make a radical change.
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Carlson said she is not anxious ratings for the nationally televised broadcast might suffer.
Although the competition began as a swimsuit pageant, Carlson said the talent portion of the event has the highest ratings.
Carlson said on GMA, "We want to be open, transparent, inclusive to women who may not have felt comfortable participating in our program before".
She added: "In the climate of #MeToo, I think it's a really wise decision".
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The move will be put into effect when the next edition is held on September 9 in Atlantic City, N.J.